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Canary seed will soon become an official grain, says CGC

By: RealAgriculture News Team

June 9, 2021

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Responding to producer calls for change, and following consultations with stakeholders across the country, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is implementing regulatory changes that add canary seed to the list of official grains.

Effective August 1, 2021, grain producers will benefit from the same rights, services, and protections for their canary seed crop as they do for other regulated grains, including:

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Doug Chorney, chief commissioner with the CGC, says they are pleased to be able to offer canary seed growers the rights and services provided by the Canada Grain Act, and help ensure they are fairly compensated for their deliveries.

“After successive licensee failures where canary seed growers were left empty handed, it was clear we needed to extend regulatory safeguards to the sector,” Chorney says.

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The CGC has consulted with canary seed handlers and growers to determine the grade and quality specifications for this crop. A grade determinant table along with a moisture chart will be added to their website in July 2021.